STARTING school is a big step for mini WABers, but parents and carers an help them get ready for their first term in a number of ways.

School readiness is about the development of the whole child – their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills, in addition to being able to read, write and do basic maths.

Families can help them with this by having fun playing, talking and sharing together regularly and frequently; recognising and talking through their child’s feelings and different emotions.

They can also read with and to the child and celebrating the child’s achievement in language development by singing songs, nursery and finger rhymes and making time to talk.

Children should also understand the concept of getting along with other children, following instructions, and communicating their needs.

Research shows that children who start school when developmentally ready to learn tend to do better in school – and it sets them up for further success later in life.

If a child feels confident about their school experience they are also more likely to enjoy their time there which will make attendance easier for both children and their carers.